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The St. Croix Casino Turtle Lake Event Center is Entertainment Central. We offer complimentary entertainment on Friday nights starting at 8pm plus regional and national entertainment and a wide variety of dinner shows throughout the year. All complimentary entertainment and ticketed shows are for guests 21 and older. Check out the details below.

The Fabulous Thunderbirds with Kim Wilson

April 7, 8pm

The Fabulous Thunderbirds present one big show at St. Croix Casino Turtle Lake on Saturday, April 7. Showtime is 8pm. Doors open at 7pm. General admission is $18. VIP seating is $25. Tickets are available online at tempotickets.com/stcroixcasinos or in person at the TLC Players Club booth at the casino. Only 21+ admitted.

For over 30 years, The Fabulous Thunderbirds have been the quintessential American band. The group’s distinctive and powerful sound, influenced by a diversity of musical styles, manifested itself into a unique musical hybrid via such barnburners as “Tuff Enuff” and “Wrap It Up”. Co-founder Kim Wilson, the sole original member, still spearheads the group as it evolves into its newest incarnation.

“We started as a straight blues band”, vocalist and harmonica player Wilson says. “We now incorporate a mixture of a lot of different styles. We’re an American music band and we’re much higher energy than we were before.”

In addition to Wilson, the current Thunderbirds line-up features Jay Moeller on drums, Johnny Moeller and Mike Keller on guitar, and Randy Bermudes on bass. “To be in the T-Birds, you need to understand the different styles of music and different ways of playing,” Wilson comments. “You have to be willing to adopt a more contemporary style. The guys we have now are able to do that.”

The band continues to tour extensively, in both the U.S. and Europe. Wilson is currently writing songs on his own, with band members and other writers. “I’ve primarily been a solo songwriter, but I’m looking forward to experimenting with the guys in the band,” Wilson says.

The thread throughout the T-Birds career has been the respect the group commanded for its peerless musicianship and devotion to the sounds of blues, R & B and rock ‘n roll. In fact, Muddy Waters called Wilson his favorite harmonica player and vocalist. “Muddy Waters was very good to me,” Wilson says. “He almost adopted me. I’ll never forget him.”\

For Kim Wilson, the musical journey started in Goleta, California. At 17 he began playing the harmonica. His influences included Little Walter, George “Harmonica” Smith, Lazy Lester and James Cotton. At the same time, Wilson began singing and was deeply impacted by Bobby “Blue” Bland, B.B. King, Otis Rush, Jimmy Rodgers and Muddy Waters. In search of other musicians who shared his love of the blues, Wilson headed to Minneapolis. He stayed there for a year and a half, playing locally, before moving to the burgeoning music scene of Austin, Texas. It was there that he met Jimmie Vaughan and they founded the T-Birds in 1974. The band developed a reputation as a compelling live act and subsequently signed a record deal with CBS/Epic Records.

In 1979, The Fabulous Thunderbirds released their first self-titled album. Primarily blues influenced, it became a cult classic. “Things were wide open back then,” Wilson recalls. “There were hundreds of stages where bands could show what they had.”

In subsequent releases, the band started to incorporate more Cajun, rock ‘n roll and soul influences. The album “T-Bird Rhythm” marked a creative turning point for the group as it collaborated with noted producer Nick Lowe. In 1986, The Fabulous Thunderbirds reached a commercial peak with the album,   “Tuff Enuff”. The single of the same title as well as the singles “Wrap It Up” and “Look At That”, all went top 40. The song, “Tuff Enuff” was featured in the film “Gung Ho” starring Michael Keaton.

For the remainder of the ’80s, the band continued to record and tour, and released the album, “Powerful Stuff”. Jimmie Vaughn left in 1989 but Wilson kept the group going, incorporating keyboards into the guitar-driven sound. Kim moved back to California in 1996, continuing to cultivate the T-Birds music

“The thing about the T-Birds is that we can play both blues festival and rock venues,” Wilson comments. “We’re a diversified band now and everybody’s on the same page.”

As a side project Wilson formed Kim Wilson’s Blues Revue, a traditional blues band. He also owns a blues label, Blue Collar Music, that has released three albums – one by Kim, one by “Big Al” Blake and one by Fred Kaplan. Wilson has also recorded and written with noted session guitarist Danny Kortchmar and drummer Steve Jordan and may tour with them at some point. However his current focus remains The Fabulous Thunderbirds. “This is a great time for this band,” he says. “We’re looking forward to the future.”

 

 

Hayley Orrantia

May 11, 8pm

Rising star Hayley Orrantia brings her Strong, Sweet and Southern tour to St. Croix Casino Turtle Lake on May 11. Showtime is 8pm. Doors open at 7pm. Tickets are free but are required for admission. Tickets are available online at tempotickets.com/stcroixcasinos  or in person at the TLC Players Club booth at the casino. Seating is limited. Only 21+ admitted.

Hayley Orrantia is an American actress, singer and songwriter. She is best known for portraying Erica Goldberg on the ABC comedy series “The Goldbergs.” She was a member of Lakoda Rayne, a country-pop girl group assembled by Paula Abdul during the first season of “The X Factor.”

Orrantia began singing at the age of nine and began professionally training at the age of 12. She wrote her first song at 13 and by age 14 had recorded her first EP of cover songs. That same year, she began writing with songwriter Jamie Houston who at the time was best known for writing hits for the three of the Disney “High School Musical” movies.  Orrantia recorded the vocals to Houston’s “Magic of a Friend” which was on Disney’s  “Tinkerbell and the Lost Treasure” soundtrack in 2010. Later that year, Orrantia sang background vocals for Demi Lovato on Disney’s “Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam” soundtrack and background vocals for Miley Cyrus on Disney’s “Hannah Montana Forever” soundtrack.

In the summer of 2011, Orrantia auditioned for the the first season of “The X Factor.”  Orrantia was selected from a YouTube video submission and received four “yes” votes from the judges during the live audition phase in Seattle, Washington. Although she originally auditioned as a solo artist, during “Hollywood Week,” she and three other female singers were put into a group for the rest of the auditions. They were eliminated during the fifth week in the live shows.

Since 2013, Orrantia has played Erica Goldberg on the the ABC comedy series “The Goldbergs.” After casting Orrantia and learning of her singing talent, series creator Adam F. Goldberg has written several episodes where Erica sings and plans to continue to highlight her singing talent in future episodes.

In 2015, Orrantia filmed the movie “God’s Not Dead 2,” released on April 1, 2016.

In 2017, she released a new single called “Strong, Sweet and Southern,” which she made a music video for. It has had over half a million views on YouTube.

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Here Come the Mummies

May 25, 8pm

Catch the act of popular funk band Here Come the Mummies on Friday, May 25. Show time is 8pm. Doors open at 7pm. Tickets are $15. Purchase tickets online at tempotickets.com/stcroixcasinos or in person at the TLC Players Club booth starting Feb. 23. All ticket sales are non-refundable. Show is for 21+. This a standing show with come seating.

Here Come the Mummies is an eight-piece funk-rock band of 5000 year-old Egyptian Mummies with a one-track mind. Their “Terrifying Funk from Beyond the Grave” is sure to get you into them (and possibly vice versa).

Since their discovery, HCTM has opened for P-Funk, Al Green, and Cheap Trick; rocked Super Bowl Village; become a regular on The Bob and Tom Show; played massive festivals like Summer Camp, Common Ground, Voodoo Fest, Musikfest, Summerfest, and Riverbend; and sold tickets by the thousands across large swaths of North America. Maybe that’s why the ladies (and some dudes) can’t stop losing their minds over these mayhem-inducing mavens of mirth.

Some say they were cursed after deflowering a great Pharaoh’s daughter. Others claim they are reincarnated Grammy-Winning studio musicians. Regardless, HCTM’s mysterious personas, cunning song-craft, and unrelenting live show will bend your brain, and melt your face. Get ready, for Here Come The Mummies.